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Summer Sundance

by Scott Renshaw
- Posted // 2009-07-31 -

As the SLC Film Center launches its five-week "Made in Utah" free outdoor movie series at Pioneer Park, it's fitting that the opener is a movie that practically gave Utah it's film identity.

George Roy Hill's 1969 western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid turned the genre on its head with its unique pacing and charming anti-heroes (Paul Newman and Robert Redford). It also made glorious use of Southern Utah landscapes, covered the life of a Utah native (Beaver-born Butch Cassidy), and was the start of a love affair between Redford and this state that eventually would lead to an internationally-celebrated film festival named after his character.

Enjoy the film in conjunction with the park's Downtown Craft Market. Then you can go online to vote for which of four options will fill the final free movie slot on Aug. 28.

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